Daughter follows in mum’s footsteps by hitting the jackpot with People’s Postcode Lottery

Carolyn with mum Irene and Judie McCourt
Carolyn with mum Irene and Judie McCourt

A HEALTH worker is celebrating after following in her mum’s footsteps and scooping thousands of pounds in lottery cash.

Carolyn Booth, from Easington Colliery, hit the jackpot when her postcode, SR8 3EE, was drawn as a winner in this week’s People’s Postcode Lottery.

The 54-year-old was joined by her mum, former winner Irene, when she was presented with her Saturday Street Prize for £25,000.

Carolyn signed up to play after seeing Irene take to the stage to collect her £55,100 winnings at a Postcode Millions event in her home town in 2013.

The NHS worker was handed her cheque by People’s Postcode Lottery ambassador Judie McCourt.

“My mum wanted to see if the presenter, Judie, recognised her,” said Carolyn.

“I felt like I was missing out when I saw mum go up on stage.

“I’m always reminded of mum’s win when I see her on the TV adverts, so I’m so glad I signed up when I did.”

The win is extra special for Carolyn, as she prepares for her daughter’s wedding later this year.

“My daughter, Sarah, is getting married in June so this money will help a lot,” she said.

“This might help pay for her honeymoon.”

Carolyn also plans to go on holiday with husband David. “We never really go on holiday so the thought of being able to get away is a treat,” she said.

“The world is our oyster.”

As a charity lottery, players have raised more than £58.6m for community groups and good causes across the country and overseas.

Judie said: “I was delighted to meet Carolyn today and to be reunited with her mum Irene.

“It’s fantastic that mother and daughter have now had a win to celebrate and I hope Carolyn has a great time spending her winnings.”